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Let’s Get Moving More for Our Mental Health 

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Getting active outdoors can be a fantastic way to boost your mood and improve your mental wellbeing.

We want to help you get moving and experience the incredible benefits of nature. That’s why we’ve put together a campaign all about moving more, being outdoors and reaping the benefits.

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Why is nature good for mental health?

Fed up of being nagged to “get some fresh air, it will do you good”? Well, there’s actually some truth to it – getting out in nature is good for your body and mind!

Walking suggestions across Wales

Walking is a low-impact activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels, so lace up your boots and hit the trails! Our guide to 32 Walks in Wales offers stunning routes for all levels, perfect for a solo escape or a fun day out with friends and family.

Wales’ National Parks

Wales boasts some of the most stunning natural beauty in the UK. Nestled within its borders are three National Parks, each offering unique landscapes, activities, and experiences.

Outdoor volunteering opportunities in Wales

Looking for a way to connect with nature, make a difference, and boost your wellbeing? Volunteering outdoors is a great way to do all 3! There are loads of opportunities to get your hands dirty (in a good way!) and support some fantastic causes.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Wales

Wales, a land of rolling hills and dramatic coastlines. It boasts five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) – hidden gems offering diverse landscapes, charming villages, and a chance to reconnect with nature which is great for your wellbeing.

Be more active

Being active doesn’t mean always going to the gym. There are a bunch of options to get your body moving in fun and engaging ways to inject some energy and positivity into your day.

More information

This campaign was created for Mental Health Awareness Week 2024. This year’s theme is “Movement: moving more for your mental health”.

Take a step towards a happier, healthier you. Get moving, breathe in the fresh air, and experience the wonders of the Welsh outdoors! You might be surprised at how good it makes you feel.

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We also know that being surrounded by nature and being active doesn’t mean that all your problems magically go away. Whilst it can help your wellbeing and overall lifestyle, sometimes, we need a little more help.

If you’re looking for someone to talk to about something that has been on your mind, you can talk to one of our friendly helpline advisors at Meic. It’s a free, anonymous, and confidential service for children and young people in Wales. The helpline is open from 8am to midnight every day, and you can chat in either English or Welsh. Meic are someone on your side.